Our Aim

Within the psychology department our aims are to foster an interest and develop enthusiasm for the study of human mind and behaviour. To encourage students to develop a scientific understanding of the investigation of human behaviour. To understand the development of psychology as a discipline from a subjective experiential paradigm to a science based objective and investigative discipline. To appreciate the potential of psychology to develop an understanding of self-concept and self-disclosure.

Psychology is a subject that is offered solely at Sixth Form Level. It can be combined with any other A Level subject as the methods of investigation are broad. The psychology specification is Edexcel and the course requires an appreciation of the scientific and mathematical nature of psychological research. With regard to content, the Edexcel syllabus takes the AS students firstly through the topic of Social Psychology with the emphasis on the research and theories behind obedience and prejudice. Next is Cognitive Psychology which looks at memory. Thirdly Biological Psychology is covered which focuses on the link between physiological and psychology factors such as aggression. Finally Learning Theories are studied which covers areas such as the work of Pavlov and Bandura with regarding to classical and operant conditioning and the impact of role models on human behaviour.  In the second year of the course the students study Clinical Psychology with the emphasis on schizophrenia and one other disorder such as OCD. Next is Criminal Psychology which focuses being on the reliability of eye-witness testimony and aggression. The course finishes with a synoptic review of the whole two year programme with regard to research methods and issues and debates.

The A-Level Psychology course encourages students to develop a wide range of skills and not just academic ones. It gives them valuable insights into the workings of the mind and helps to understand why different people behave the way they do and why human society faces so many challenges with regard to behaviour and the maintenance of a stable structure. Academically the course will develop the students’ written and verbal communication skills, increase their powers of analysis and evaluation whilst greatly extending their knowledge base. The students will have to design and carry out a number of psychological investigations which will also give them the opportunity to further their practical skills. Each unit of study includes a focus on a topical issue which is designed to encourage the students to apply their new psychological knowledge to a topical/current issue in society today.

Psychology is a rigorous, academic subject which by its very nature stretches all the students who commit to studying it. The syllabus and the examination papers are designed to allow students across the grade spectrum to flourish and fulfil their potential. At A2 the final synoptic paper is designed to really challenge the students as it gives them the freedom to draw on their knowledge from across the whole course and show their knowledge accordingly. 

Psychology is a subject that is offered solely at Sixth Form Level. It can be combined with any other A Level subject as the methods of investigation are broad. The psychology specification is Edexcel and the course requires an appreciation of the scientific and mathematical nature of psychological research. With regard to content, the Edexcel syllabus takes the AS students firstly through the topic of Social Psychology with the emphasis on the research and theories behind obedience and prejudice. Next is Cognitive Psychology which looks at memory. Thirdly Biological Psychology is covered which focuses on the link between physiological and psychology factors such as aggression. Finally Learning Theories are studied which covers areas such as the work of Pavlov and Bandura with regarding to classical and operant conditioning and the impact of role models on human behaviour.  In the second year of the course the students study Clinical Psychology with the emphasis on schizophrenia and one other disorder such as OCD. Next is Criminal Psychology which focuses being on the reliability of eye-witness testimony and aggression. The course finishes with a synoptic review of the whole two year programme with regard to research methods and issues and debates.

The A-Level Psychology course encourages students to develop a wide range of skills and not just academic ones. It gives them valuable insights into the workings of the mind and helps to understand why different people behave the way they do and why human society faces so many challenges with regard to behaviour and the maintenance of a stable structure. Academically the course will develop the students’ written and verbal communication skills, increase their powers of analysis and evaluation whilst greatly extending their knowledge base. The students will have to design and carry out a number of psychological investigations which will also give them the opportunity to further their practical skills. Each unit of study includes a focus on a topical issue which is designed to encourage the students to apply their new psychological knowledge to a topical/current issue in society today.

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